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Médecins Sans Frontières Australia’s constitution provides for nine members on the board. Eight are elected at the Annual General Meeting and one is nominated from Médecins Sans Frontières France. The eight elected members are mandated for a three year term on a rotational basis. All members of the board are volunteers and are not remunerated for their work for Médecins Sans Frontières Australia.

Mr Matthew Cleary, President
Matt Cleary was elected to the Board in May 2012.  He became President in August 2012.  Matt is a registered nurse with clinical experience in emergency, intensive care, and Aboriginal primary health care.  Matt joined Médecins Sans Frontières in the field in 2005 in Darfur and later worked as a field coordinator in Niger and Somalia.  He has also spent time in the Evaluation Department in Paris working on projects in South Sudan, Kurdistan and Jordan.

Matt is currently Executive Officer of Matthew Talbot Homeless Services in Sydney. He holds a Masters Degree in Health Services Management and has also worked as a management consultant in the health advisory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Dr Nicholas Coatsworth, Vice President
Nick Coatsworth was elected to the Board in May 2008 (re-elected 2011) and was elected Vice-President in May 2009.  He was President from 2010 to 2012. Nick joined Médecins Sans Frontières in 2004. He has worked in the field in Congo-Brazzaville, Chad and Sudan in the Darfur region. He has worked as both a doctor and field coordinator, in areas such as primary healthcare and measles vaccination campaigns.

Nick is a respiratory physician and a specialist in infectious diseases. He holds a Masters degree in International Public Health from the University of Sydney. Nick has written widely for online and print media and is regularly interviewed about humanitarian issues in Australia.  Nick is currently the Deputy Director Disaster Preparedness and Response at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre in Darwin.

Mr Hichem Demortier, Treasurer   
Hichem Demortier was elected to the Board in May 2011 and has been Treaurer of Médecins Sans Frontières Australia since May 2011.  Hichem joined Médecins Sans Frontières in 2004 undertaking 7 field missions with MSF France; two as administrator in Kenya and Sri Lanka and five as Emergency Coordinator in Nigeria, DRC, Jordan (2) and Lebanon.

Hichem studied management in France, and commenced his career working in audit and in mergers and acquisitions.  Hichem has been managing not-for-profit programs and organizations in France and overseas since 2000.   His experience includes 5 years for the French Development Agency, 2 years with MSF and 2 years as Deputy CEO of a major French social enterprise. Hichem moved to Australia in December 2008 and currently works for the Menzies School of Health Research.
Ms Véronique Avril
Véronique Avril was elected to the Board in May 2009 (re-elected 2012). Véronique is also a member of the Médecins Sans Frontières France board and represents the Australian Board in Paris. She has been involved with Médecins Sans Frontières since 1991, mainly as logistician in Paris in 1991 and then in the field as administrator in Zaire-Rwanda in 1994 and 1995, and Ethiopia in 2008. She was the marketing director of Médecins Sans Frontières Australia in 1996 and of Médecins Sans Frontières USA in 2001. She was also a member of the audit team for Médecins Sans Frontières France in 2008.  Véronique is currently living in France and working as Project Chief in the municipality of Paris.

Dr Stewart Condon
Stewart Condon was elected to the Board in May 2011. Stewart is a medical generalist with a diploma in paediatrics. He has worked as a locum career medical officer in emergency departments around NSW and Queensland, and as district medical officer in Central Australia.  Stewart has done various field placements with Médecins Sans Frontières since 2004 in Sudan, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as a medical doctor, field coordinator and medical coordinator.  Stewart is currently Deputy Medical Director-Assistance for International SOS in Sydney.

Mr Dino Asproloupos
Dino  Asproloupos was elected to the Board of Médecins Sans Frontières Australia in May 2008 (re-elected 2011, 2013).

Dino has worked and volunteered with Médecins Sans Frontières in various capacities, most recently in Athens as Project Manager Reintegration and as a governance consultant with the Médecins Sans Frontières International Office in Geneva. Originally from Zambia, Dino completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Canada.  He has worked in the Caribbean, Canada, Spain, Greece and Australia with various organisations. Dino currently works at Deakin University in Melbourne as Senior Program Manager in the Population Health Department.  

Ms Susanne Weress    
Susanne Weress was elected to the Board in May 2012.  Susanne is a clinical pharmacist.  She has worked at the Royal North Shore Hospital, as a consultant pharmacist to the NSW Outback Division of General Practice and as an academic detailer and educator with the National Prescribing Service. She joined Médecins Sans Frontières in 2008 working in the field in Kenya and Sri Lanka.  In 2008-9 she worked on the Médecins Sans Frontières Refugee Camp in Your City awareness raising project in five Australian cities.  She was the Médecins Sans Frontières Australia Association’s NSW Network Coordinator from 2009-12. 

Susanne has been a community advocate on a professional conduct committee of the NSW Bar Association.  Susanne is based in Sydney and is currently a consultant pharmacist/educator to the Western NSW Medicare Local.

Ms Katrina Penney   
Katrina Penney was elected to the Board in May 2013.  Katrina is a New Zealander with a health/midwifery background and has worked in the field with MSF in Afghanistan, Nepal, Yemen and Haiti either as a nurse, midwife, hospital manager or field coordinator. From 2006 to 2009 Katrina worked in the Human Resources department of MSF Australia, her role was primarily with recruiting and placing first mission field workers. Katrina has been an associative member since her introduction to MSF and she is a founding member of the Auckland support network group, taking on the role of coordinator over the last few years.

Currently Katrina manages the Refugee Health Screening Service in Auckland, which provides both public and primary health care to all quota refugees and detained asylum seekers in New Zealand. The service is also available to any community asylum seekers with current applications for refugee status.
Dr Claire Rieux   
Claire Rieux joined the Board as the nominee of the Board of Médecins Sans Frontières France in May 2012. She is currently Vice President of the MSF France Board and is a member of the International General Assembly of Médecins Sans Frontières.  Claire has worked as both a physician and in coordination positions for MSF in the field in different locations in Africa and Indonesia.  She has also undertaken a field research project with Epicentre, an MSF-affiliated NGO specialized in epidemiology and clinical research.  

Claire is specialized in clinical haematology and is currently the Head of the Haemovigilance unit in a university hospital belonging to the Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris. She has a Masters degree in public health and has conducted several epidemiological studies and clinical trials both in haematology and in infectious diseases.

Beth Hilton-Thorp
Beth Hilton-Thorp was elected to the MSF Board in May 2013. Beth is a non-practising lawyer with experience in government and private legal practice. She has undertaken one field mission for MSF and has been a member of the Board’s Governance Committee since 2011. Since 2000 she has worked in international health and development assistance in varying roles for a number of organisations including not-for-profits, universities and government agencies. Prior to that Beth held a number of positions (legal, academic and in business) in Australia and whilst living overseas.

Beth is qualified in law and social work and has a BA (ANU), B Soc. Stud (Sydney), LLB, Beth is admitted to practise in the HCA and Supreme Courts ACT and NSW.